Washington will respond to violence and intimidation directed toward US diplomats or Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, stated John Bolton, the White House national security adviser, on Sunday.
"Any violence and intimidation against US diplomatic personnel, Venezuela's democratic leader, Juan Guiado [sic], or the National Assembly itself would represent a grave assault on the rule of law and will be met with a significant response," Bolton tweeted.
Earlier, the US alongside a handful of other nations recognized Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela. Maduro quickly accused the Washington of organizing a coup in the country. Maduro cut off diplomatic relations with the US and demanded that US diplomats leave the country within 72 hours.
On Wednesday, Guaido, the speaker of the opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly, declared himself the country's interim president.